Robert Borosage: The official unemployment rate declined dramatically to 4.7 percent, recording not new hiring but new discouragement.
Richard Eskow: Americans work more hours than citizens of any Western European country, a burden that keeps them away from their families, friends, and personal activities.
Robert Borosage: The record 74 months of private sector jobs growth has only begun to make labor scarce enough to give workers bargaining power to lift wages.
Robert Borosage: With the latest weak jobs report, Americans are still waiting to feel the rewards of growth. Wages are barely stirring; the average hourly wages of non-supervisory private sector workers remained unchanged from the previous month and is up little more than 2 percent (2.2 percent) over the year.
Robert Reich: The new work requirements haven’t reduced the number or percentage of Americans in poverty. They’ve just moved poor people from being unemployed and impoverished to being employed and impoverished.
Muna Adem: Shanesha Taylor did what she felt she needed to do to survive. She did what many would have done if they were in her shoes. This is what inadequate social support produces.
Minnesota Manufacturing: Seeing the loss of so many quality, unionized American manufacturing jobs made me feel a keen sense of grief.
Brent Budowsky: America awaits a fighting progressive leader who will lead the battle for a major employment programs.
Extending Unemployment Insurance – Americans understand that being laid off can happen to hard-working people through no fault of their own.
Carl Bloice: Millions of our friends, relatives and neighbors are living precarious lives of want and insecurity due to unemployment or underemployment. We are still faced with a jobs crisis, even if few in Washington seem to want to own up to it.
RJ Eskow: There was a time in the not-so-distant past when working people were able to consider retirement at the age of 60 or 62. But households that saw their net worth gutted by the financial collapse can no longer consider that option.
Brent Budowsky: The pain of workers is excruciating, and nobody in Washington cares. Congress prepares to return from a ridiculous five-week vacation with no attempt to pass a major jobs bill in four years.
Cynthia Strathmann: As rates of unionization have fallen, so has compensation. One might expect unions to be all the rage with anyone who ever put in a hard day’s work. But this is not always the case, particularly in the United States.